Bathroom Enemy Number One
You may have heard that when you flush a toilet, microbes released into the air can travel up to six feet, landing on all of the surrounding bathroom surfaces within this space. Dr. Charles Gerba, an American microbiologist, found that bacteria or viruses in toilet water can remain in and around the toilet after flushing. The study indicated that after one flush, the majority of added microorganisms were removed but that the level remained at 104 bacteria/viruses in the toilet bowl even after multiple flushes. The evidence suggested that bacteria/viruses were being retained by the porcelain surface and only released during flushes. Follow our tips for a cleaner toilet.
Always use gloves when cleaning the toilet to avoid contact with whatever lingering bacteria and germs might be there. Start with the toilet bowl, by applying a generous amount of toilet bowl cleaner to the upper rim of the bowl. Scrub the entire bowl with a clean brush and let stand for about 10 minutes. While that is working, attack the seat, lid and other outside surfaces with a disinfectant spray and clean cloth or paper towels. Wipe all surfaces down with a separate cloth or fresh paper towels. Flush the toilet after the 10 minute soaking period is up. And remember: don’t ever mix acidic toilet cleaners with bleach-based sprays, or vice-versa.
Proper cleaning and disinfectants can remove or eliminate bacteria and other microbes on surfaces, but provide no residual protection against subsequent re-contamination. Built-in antimicrobial technologies have also been shown to prevent the growth of microorganisms on the protected surfaces. By using a toilet containing antimicrobial technology, along with a consistent cleaning regimen, you can help to inhibit the growth of microbes that can be released in the air during a flush, keeping your bathroom surfaces cleaner in between cleanings.